How To Tame Those Teen Snack Attacks

Teen snack attacks are nothing to joke about. Ravenous kids will decimate your kitchen in under 10 seconds. They sniff out cereals, crackers and chips. You can spend your entire grocery store budget one day and have bare cupboards the next. Unless you take action and do something about it. Now.

Teen snack attacks can be brutal. Help is here. It will require discipline - on your part.

Thursday

I spent $150 on fresh fruits, vegetables, cereal, bread, chips, pantry staples, and necessary items like cheese and chocolate. When I say chocolate, I mean I bought a hazelnut chocolate bar to keep in my secret hiding place for ME (because a square a day’ll do ya!), and four bags of chocolate chips for recipes and such.

Saturday: Teen Snack Attack

The potato chips are gone — empty bag found in 10-year-old son’s bedroom. Two bags of chocolate chips have disappeared. To be fair, I made chocolate chip cookies. The other bag? Opened and consumed in random handfuls by teenage girls. Cheese? Sliced and melted in umpteen quesadillas. Blueberries? Added to huge quantities of smoothie sweetened with sugar AND honey AND maple syrup by a boy who was not supposed to be making smoothies. And a carb-craving kid boiled an entire bag of egg noodles and served them with butter and parmesan cheese. The siblings approved and consumed the leftovers.

You get the picture. A grocery budget cannot support this form of feasting. And to be honest, neither can their growing bodies. If I don’t prepare something healthy and filling, they’re going to stuff their faces (literally!) with anything they deem snack-worthy. Unfortunately, it’s not apples and celery sticks. They need something with more substance. So, I determined to do what any well-meaning mother and/or elementary school does. I mandated Snack Time for the summer.

Teen snack attacks can be thwarted with regularly scheduled snack times.

There’s something about a schedule! The kids may have eaten breakfast at 7 a.m. and feel starved by 9:30, but they know I’ll have something prepared at 10, so they wait. It’s miraculous. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?!

  1. Schedule snack times
  2. Plan ahead and prepare nutritious foods
  3. Make a rule: no pantry raids without a parent’s permission

Teen snack time is a great way to connect, too. Discuss a topic of interest, practice your British accents, whatever! Make your afternoon snack an official ‘tea time’. The possibilities are endless, but it all boils down to this: feed ’em regularly. You’ll save your pantry and protect them from sugar and junk.

Teen Snack Ideas

And this recipe is one of their favorites. Who am I kidding — we all love it! I find chia seeds at Aldi. They’re thought to reduce food cravings, help you stay hydrated, lower blood pressure, and are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. But you can easily leave them out if you can’t find them!

No-Bake Oatmeal Cookie Balls
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup rolled oats (old fashioned)
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • ½ cup chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup wheatgerm
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except wheatgerm.
  2. Place wheatgerm in a shallow bowl.
  3. With slightly damp hands, roll oatmeal mixture into small balls.
  4. Then roll ball in the wheatgerm until lightly coated.
  5. Place on a plate or small cookie sheet, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Notes
You can store these in an airtight container at room temperature, but we enjoy them cold. And let's be honest, there aren't enough left to store. Ever. lol
 

Know what makes all of this even better? Feed your teenagers (and yourself!) a healthy breakfast. We eat a lot of eggs because we have a fresh, daily supply, but we also enjoy Greek Yogurt with granola and honey. Kids don’t like the “sour” taste of unsweetened yogurt? Add a slight amount of Stevia!

Happy snacking, friends!

 

 

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